Does music influence your comic?

Does music influence your comic?

Postby Jops » July 19th, 2011, 2:17 pm

In an other topic someone was askign what the source of inspiration for your comic as a whole is... and the answer to that, for me, hardly points to music.

However, it occurred to me that, for the single scenes, songs and music are actually the main source of inspiration.
When listening to something, especially if it's tracks without lyrics*, it often triggers a scene playing in my mind, kinda like a movie.

A lot of those scenes are later crunched, stirred, twisted and translated into comic format, hopefully in a fashion that's still effective despite the lack of sountrack.

To give an example, the first page
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was actually inspired by this track:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTRhPI86mPc
First long camera shots of peaceful lanscape, then, at 0:50, camera fixes on a window just as the main character jumps out and starts running like if her life depends on it.

I think about a good 50% of my comic is shaped like that.
Is it only me, or does music influence even your writing?



* I actually listen a lot to trailer music tracks from X-Ray Dog, Brand X, Two Steps From Hell or the like.
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Re: Does music influence your comic?

Postby Guest » July 19th, 2011, 2:23 pm

Music definitely influences my stuff.
War Machine was named after this BRMC track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTYUpSSpFiE and I thought up the entire premise when I first listened to the album it came off of, "Beat The Devil's Tattoo". When it comes to any art idea, I'm always inspired by some kind of music.
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Re: Does music influence your comic?

Postby ElSmitty » July 19th, 2011, 2:26 pm

I never listen to music while making a comic. So, I'm going to have to say no. But, I am going to start
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Re: Does music influence your comic?

Postby Jops » July 19th, 2011, 2:32 pm

OliveOil wrote:Music definitely influences my stuff.
War Machine was named after this BRMC track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTYUpSSpFiE and I thought up the entire premise when I first listened to the album it came off of, "Beat The Devil's Tattoo". When it comes to any art idea, I'm always inspired by some kind of music.


Heh, I can totally see it. ^^
Beat the Devil's Tattoo (the song specifically), is actually responsible for a part i'll draw later on.
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Re: Does music influence your comic?

Postby Froken Keke » July 19th, 2011, 2:37 pm

Not too much, I think.
But currently it is, since I'm working on a music related chapter.
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Re: Does music influence your comic?

Postby Charil » July 19th, 2011, 2:39 pm

I don't particularly go super in-depth like you do, but music definitely has an influence on what I do. I can't work without background noise because silence drives me insane, so I'm constantly listening to something whenever I'm working.

I tend to make "mood playlists" or something; queue up a bunch of songs that have a certain "feel" to them that I'm trying to express on a scene, a page, a panel whatever, and play them while I'm working. Nothing really too spectacular.

I can't even really cite specific examples, because I'll probably have EBM, eurobeat, German hip hop, and Nico Nico Chorus all in a playlist at the same time. Honestly my taste in music is pretty bad =)
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Re: Does music influence your comic?

Postby Guest » July 19th, 2011, 2:40 pm

Jops wrote:
OliveOil wrote:Music definitely influences my stuff.
War Machine was named after this BRMC track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTYUpSSpFiE and I thought up the entire premise when I first listened to the album it came off of, "Beat The Devil's Tattoo". When it comes to any art idea, I'm always inspired by some kind of music.


Heh, I can totally see it. ^^
Beat the Devil's Tattoo (the song specifically), is actually responsible for a part i'll draw later on.


Love that song off of it! I had never heard of BRMC until one day I heard "Beat The Devil's Tattoo" on the radio and I had to know who sang it.
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Re: Does music influence your comic?

Postby Rivana » July 19th, 2011, 3:21 pm

Music influences my comic (or in the example that I am going to show, drawings) too. I sometimes stumble upon songs that remind me of certain characters/situations in the story and I end up listening to that song over and over again as I work on the drawing.

I'd give a comic page example but I haven't gotten to the intense parts of my story yet but a few of my concept art for my comic were drawn listening to certain songs on loop >_>.

Serpentine by Disturbed
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Warrior by Disturbed
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I love the way you lie I stumbled across the song when I just started working on this drawing. I don't usually listen to pop but the lyrics were spot on at the time between these two characters (though not in a relationship context. Hard to explain). This scene wont be in the comic for awhile since it's prolly gonna be in Book 2.
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Whereever I May Roam by Metallica - This character's theme song esp at the beginning of the story lol
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I always listen to music whenever I draw though but the ones above are a bit of an exception because there's one particular song that stood out for me while working on them.
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Re: Does music influence your comic?

Postby mitchellbravo » July 19th, 2011, 3:29 pm

If I'm thinking about a certain character while listening to music, it may make me think about how the song makes me feel or the atmosphere of the music, and what situation would cause that character to feel the same way.

Actually, I never would have come up with the idea for my comic if I hadn't been listening to music one day all those years ago.
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Re: Does music influence your comic?

Postby diceknight » July 19th, 2011, 3:36 pm

This is kinda embarassing to admit, but I actually have a playlist on my Droid that's dedicated to music that would be the 'soundtrack' to my comic. It's incredibly dorky, but ultimately it's just a listing of songs that inspire me to write and drawn the characters, so I figure it's part of the process.

Giant Robot Birdhead by the Aquabats A fun, wacky song about science, robots, and floating eyeballs.

Skullcrusher Mountain by Johnathan Coulton This is the song that introduced me to Coulton, and I think it sums up my main character, Penny, pretty well. An evil genius, sure, but evil geniuses can be lonely, too.
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Re: Does music influence your comic?

Postby xkrazydog » July 19th, 2011, 3:48 pm

Iwish they did but unfortunately no. I'd listen to music for background Noise but thats about it >: ...
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Re: Does music influence your comic?

Postby Guest » July 19th, 2011, 4:30 pm

diceknight wrote:This is kinda embarassing to admit, but I actually have a playlist on my Droid that's dedicated to music that would be the 'soundtrack' to my comic. It's incredibly dorky, but ultimately it's just a listing of songs that inspire me to write and drawn the characters, so I figure it's part of the process.

Giant Robot Birdhead by the Aquabats A fun, wacky song about science, robots, and floating eyeballs.

Skullcrusher Mountain by Johnathan Coulton This is the song that introduced me to Coulton, and I think it sums up my main character, Penny, pretty well. An evil genius, sure, but evil geniuses can be lonely, too.


There's no shame in that. I have a ton of comic playlists, lol.
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Re: Does music influence your comic?

Postby Jops » July 19th, 2011, 4:41 pm

diceknight wrote:This is kinda embarassing to admit, but I actually have a playlist on my Droid that's dedicated to music that would be the 'soundtrack' to my comic. It's incredibly dorky, but ultimately it's just a listing of songs that inspire me to write and drawn the characters, so I figure it's part of the process.

Giant Robot Birdhead by the Aquabats A fun, wacky song about science, robots, and floating eyeballs.

Skullcrusher Mountain by Johnathan Coulton This is the song that introduced me to Coulton, and I think it sums up my main character, Penny, pretty well. An evil genius, sure, but evil geniuses can be lonely, too.


Brings Dr. Horrible back to mind.

It's a band new day
and the sun is high
all the birds are singing
that you're gonna DIE!
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Re: Does music influence your comic?

Postby Nymine » July 19th, 2011, 4:43 pm

*nod nod* I use music to draw. Characters, scenes, what have you; I work better when I have something in my head to monkey the actions to. Hee, some characters I even need to do some music research for, since their character pulled me waaaay out of my comfort zone.

A lot of Scrapped Project was conceived and drawn to Machinae Supremacy, mostly from Jets and Guns(I've got a thing for instrumentals). The example below was outlined while listening and drawn entirely to Shop Music.

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Re: Does music influence your comic?

Postby Extreme5000 » July 19th, 2011, 4:53 pm

Nope. I listen to Stupid MF, Bull**** by Mindless Self Indulgence, while making a comic for Sonic Funny Files.
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